The Hyundai Veloster is a unique new compact coupe/hatchback that serves as a sportier alternative to the Elantra sedan. The distinctive styling of the Veloster features a high, nearly horizontal hatchback with a vertical rear window similar to the Honda CR-Z. Hyundai has taken a novel approach to the ingress/egress problems associated with coupes. The driver's side has a full-length single door; however, the passenger side actually has two forward hinged doors. In theory, this is a more workable solution than the half-sized access doors that have appeared on cars and trucks in the past. The Veloster is almost identical in size to its corporate relative the Kia Forte Koup. Inside are two rows of seats for five passengers. A 1.6l four cylinder engine rated at 138-bhp is standard, but the Veloster should feel quick due to its low curb weight. Hyundai offers only one trim level, but owners can upgrade their Veloster with one of two option packages. The Preferred package adds upgraded wheels/tires, a premium audio system and a panoramic sunroof. The Technology package adds a Navigation system and push button start.
|Model/Trim/Package ||Engine || || ||MPG
|Veloster ||1.6l I4 (138-bhp) ||M6 ||FWD ||27/37/32 ||58 ||$17,900|
|Veloster ||1.6l I4 (132-bhp) ||SM6 ||FWD ||28/37/32 ||58 ||$19,150|
|Veloster Turbo R-Spec ||1.6l I4 T (201-bhp) ||M6 ||FWD ||24/35/29 ||68 ||$21,500|
|Veloster Turbo ||1.6l I4 T (201-bhp) ||M6 ||FWD ||24/35/29 ||68 ||$22,500|
|Veloster Turbo ||1.6l I4 T (201-bhp) ||A6 ||FWD ||24/31/27 ||66 ||$23,500|